Two gang members caught with 2kg of cocaine have been sentenced to more than 13 years’ imprisonment at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Mark Lambie, 48 (16.03.71) of Whalebone Grove, Romford pleaded guilty on Friday, 8 March to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine). He was sentenced on Friday, 20 September to nine years’ imprisonment.
Ben Hamill, 43 (01.09.76) of Buckingham Road, Richmond-upon-Thames, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, 17 April to supply of Class A drugs (cocaine). He was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.
A third man, Jamal Primus, 38 (15.04.81) of Felixstowe Road, N17 was found guilty on Monday, 29 July of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine). He will be sentenced on Tuesday, 1 October.
On Friday, 25 January, officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime North Proactive Syndicate conducted a proactive operation targeting a group of gang members from north London.
Officers observed Lambie and Primus arrive at a pub on Ship Lane in Mortlake in separate vehicles. A short time later, Hamill arrived and handed Lambie a white bag. The men then left the location and officers later carried out a stop of two vehicles, including the car Lambie and Primas were travelling in, on Seven Sisters Road, N4. Two kilos of cocaine were recovered and the men were arrested.
On Tuesday, 29 January, Hamill was arrested. A search of his address revealed 15 sets of packaging containing cocaine residue, identical to the packaging found wrapped around the cocaine seized on 25 January.
Detective Inspector Pete McDonald, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This successful operation has seen a significant amount of cocaine removed from the drugs market. Thanks to the dedication of my team, these gang members have been removed from the streets of London and will now serve lengthy sentences.
“Drugs destroy lives and fuel crime and violence in our communities. We will not stop in our efforts to robustly target this kind of criminality and I hope the sentencing serves as a stark reminder to those involved in drugs offences.”
On Monday, 29 July at Blackfriars Crown Court, Safia Ali was found not guilty.